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Design Intertwine

The Intertwine
Image via The Intertwine

One of the most exciting studio labs that students are participating in this semester is Design Intertwine, with mentor Mike Houck. What is the Intertwine?—it simply refers to the amazing network of parks, trails and natural areas in the Portland-Vancouver area.

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Places you might explore: The Gorge. Photo via Democratic Underground

The Intertwine has united a broad coalition of public agencies, private businesses and nonprofits to celebrate, protect and improve this network of outdoor places and trails. As partners in what is called The Intertwine Alliance, we check our jurisdictional and geographical boundaries at the door to work side-by-side toward a common mission. By joining forces, we boost our effectiveness to increase investment in our parks and expand conservation efforts.

Experience the Intertwine
Image via The Intertwine

The Intertwine Alliance has two major objectives: to ensure the region’s network of parks, trails and natural areas are completed and cared for; and to help the residents of the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan region connect with nature and live active, healthy lives.

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Photo via Portland Monthly

Intertwine Activities

+ Paddling Ross Island
+ Running the Wildwood Trail through Hoyt Arboretum to the Pittock Mansion
+ Waterfalls at Jamison Square
+ Walking the Oaks Bottom Loop
+ On Sauvie Island: Afloat in the City
+ Birding, Sake and Wine to the MAX

All ideas via The Intertwine

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